Hayao Miyazaki Open to a NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND Sequel; Hideaki Anno May Direct

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Since 1986, Studio Ghibli has been in the business of providing original animated features that have grown into modern classics, though a sequel film or franchise has yet to appear on their production slate.  Writer-director Hayao Miyazaki, who has had a creative hand in well over half of the studio’s productions, recently suggested that this might change in the near future for one particular film.  Though Miyazaki technically wrote and directed Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind just before Studio Ghibli was formed, he’s apparently open to a sequel of the beloved adaptation.  The real kicker here is that he wouldn’t be directing it; that honor would fall to Neon Genesis Evangelion director, Hideaki Anno.  Hit the jump for more.

nausicaa-of-the-valley-of-the-wind-mangaWhile promoting the upcoming film, The Wind Rises, Miyazaki appeared on a Japanese talk show in which he hinted at the possibility of a Nausicaä sequel (via Rocket News 24).  Miyazai and Anno have a long history that actually goes back to the 1984 film.  Then an animation artist, Anno reportedly impressed Miyazaki so much that the director trusted him with animating some of the film’s more complex sequences.  Not only did this experience kick open the door for Anno’s career, it led to a long-burning desire to revisit Nausicaä for a sequel, which makes sense considering the first film only adapted approximately two of the manga’s seven volumes.

Here’s what Miyazaki had to say about the potential film, followed by his full interview on the show (in Japanese only, for the moment):

“I have no interest in doing a sequel to Nausicaa,” Miyazaki said on Osama no Brunch. “But these days I think if Anno really wants to do it, he should.”




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  • Scullibundo

    Wow. While it would be a great shame for Miyazaki not to be in the director’s chair, the first film barely scratched the surface of the story he told in the manga – which is still his magnum opus.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Yes, that is true, but Hideaki Anno would be a good choice for Nausicaa. Try checking out his Evangelion series, because it’s really good. I think he’ll do fine as director as long as Miyazaki is behind the script.

      • Zoidbert

        Good points. I really enjoyed this and — like many Ghibli films — I would like to see more set in that world, and not just the “sequel mania” kind of continuation. (Some stories are self contained and should just end, but this is one that has so much more to tell.)

      • Lovecraftlives

        One more thing. Don’t know if you read the comic, but it did really have an end. I’m wondering if the sequel would continue after the film or will they pick up somewhere from the comic? It will probably be it’s own story with some elements from the comic, which would probably be the best way to go about it.

      • Lovecraftlives

        One more thing. Don’t know if you read the comic, but it did really have an end. I’m wondering if the sequel would continue after the film or will they pick up somewhere from the comic? It will probably be it’s own story with some elements from the comic, which would probably be the best way to go about it.

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